About Benton REA

Benton Rural Electric Association is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperative. Founded in 1937, Benton REA currently serves more than 10,000 members in portions of Benton, Yakima and Lewis counties in Washington state.

Benton REA is organized into eight districts. Each district is represented by a Benton REA member elected by the members to serve on the Benton REA Board of Trustees for a term of three years.

Since we are a not-for-profit cooperative owned by our members, any margins above operating costs belong to our members. Those net margins are annually allocated to the members as capital credits and returned to the members at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

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Benton REA Mission

Our Mission at Benton Rural Electric Association, a member-owned and operated cooperative, is to provide affordable, and reliable energy and other member driven compatible services that enhance the quality of life for all of our members. Our mission will also provide a stable, safe, competitive career-oriented work environment for the Association’s employees. Our mission is being pursued through the highest ethical standards, using progressive marketing in conjunction with sound financial and management principles.

A Nation-wide Network of Cooperatives

As a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Benton REA is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives in the United States, serving almost three-quarters of the nation’s landmass and 42 million members. To learn more about NRECA, visit www.electric.coop.

Benton REA is also a member of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and proudly upholds the shared values of integrity, accountability, innovation, and commitment to the community. Benton REA is one of six Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives in the state of Washington.

Electric cooperatives were established to provide electricity to rural America, and now make up the largest electric utility network in the nation. Touchstone Energy is the national brand identity for that network. To learn more, visit www.TouchstoneEnergy.com.

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Benton REA Facts and Figures

As of 2018:

Benton REA Members10,600
Active Electric Accounts*14,467
Miles of Line1,739
Accounts per mile of line8.3
Service AreaMore than 620 sq. miles in Benton, Yakima and Lewis Counties
Total Utility PlantApproximately $111 Million
Annual RevenueApproximately $40 Million
Peak LoadMore than 100 MW
Average LoadApproximately 63 MW
Power SupplyBonneville Power Administration and PowerEx
Average Rate**7.3 cents per kWh
Number of Employees69


*Some members have multiple accounts

**Total kWh sales revenue divided by total kWh sold